Expert: Obama Has a 'Difficult Decision' to Make on Immigration

"Immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez feels confident that President Barack Obama will use his executive powers to push through reform. House Speaker John Boehner feels confident that doing so will tank what little support the President has among Republicans on immigration reform. They're...

White House Will Take Executive Action on Immigration...Or It Won't

Conflicting reports from Washington: "House Democrats, who are stepping up the pressure on Republicans to take up comprehensive immigration reform legislation, said Tuesday the Obama administration is getting ready to take executive action on the matter very soon." - Washington Examiner...

Eight Things Obama Can Do on Immigration Without Congress: Peter Schey

"The following proposed administrative changes are within the power of the Administration to adopt, would result in cost-savings to DHS, and would legalize either temporarily or permanently several million immigrants, many of whom are already “in the system” with applications pending...

DHS, White House Consider Administrative Relief, Including Bond Hearings

"Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. ... With legislation at an apparent impasse, the White...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

Expert: Obama May 'Fine Tune' Immigration Policy by Administrative Action

"Conventional political wisdom suggests that immigration reform in a midterm election year has a snowball's chance in July of getting any traction. But maybe that wisdom isn't so conventional. Some Republicans say they are warily preparing for the possibility that President Barack Obama...

DHS Weighs Deportation Curbs

"Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is weighing limiting deportations of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally who don't have serious criminal records, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations. The change, if adopted following an ongoing review ordered by President...

Video: President Obama Speaks on Immigration Reform

"During a law enforcement briefing, the President delivers remarks on fixing our broken immigration system, May 13, 2014." - White House, May 13, 2014 .

White House Delays Deportation Policy Changes

"President Barack Obama has asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer, senior White House officials said Tuesday, in a move aimed at salvaging any hopes for Congress to act on immigration this year." - AP, May...

DLA Piper Climate Change Alert: EPA Announces Carbon Regulations For Existing Power Plants

By Deborah E. Jennings , Andrew B. Schatz and Catherine B. Campbell The Environmental Protection Agency has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act. EPA's Clean Power Plan would for the first time establish...

Obama to Congress: Deport the Kids

"Pesident Obama's surprise request that Congress give him authority to quickly deport thousands of Central American children illegally crossing the border is likely to renew the on-again, off-again immigration reform debate that many Republicans had hoped to avoid. The administration is asking...

Immigration Reform by Administrative Action: Two Aces Up the President's Sleeve

"Not counting family members and expanding parole in place can be a potent combination for nearing comprehensive immigration reform administratively in the face of Congressional inaction. The waits in the EB and FB preferences will disappear, and family members waiting abroad can unite with their...

The Hobby Lobby Primer: How A Craft Store Changed The Legal Landscape

Now that the United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4505 (U.S. June 30, 2014) , many are left with questions on the breadth of the decision and what it means going forwards. Below is a brief primer . [lexis.com subscribers may access...

11th Circuit Cites Hobby Lobby, Enjoins Mandate During Appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Mealey’s) A Catholic media outlet is entitled to an injunction while it appeals rejection of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate challenge in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (Nos. 13-354, 13-356, U.S. Sup. [lexis.com subscribers...

Expert Yale-Loehr: What Obama Can and Cannot Do on Immigration

"The president can't bar people from applying for political asylum. Those guidelines are set by the United Nations Refugee Convention, which the United States has signed, said Stephen Yale-Loehr , an immigration attorney and professor at Cornell University Law School. ... Nor can he just load...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

Obama Throws Kids Under Bus

"If Obama has given up trying to appease the GOP and wants to shift away from a policy that emphasizes deportations, it’s hard to explain why he is considering weakening a law intended to ensure that children aren’t removed to violent situations and to protect victims of child trafficking...

The Refugee Option Obama Will Ignore

"Under existing law, with the stroke of a pen, President Obama could solve the current crisis of the Central American children coming to America without visas. He could, and should, declare most or all of them to be refugees under Section 207(b) of the Immigration & Nationality Act, 8 U.S. Code...

Expert: U.S. Laws Not Drawing Kids to America

"Some experts say that the influx of kids has nothing to do with U.S. laws and everything to do with instability in Central America. “I think the administration has been doing as much as they can,” says Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law expert and adjunct professor at Cornell University’s...

Expert: Obama Has Authority to Make Immigration Changes

"When President Obama issues executive orders on immigration in coming weeks, pro-reform activists are expecting something dramatic: temporary relief from deportation and work authorization for perhaps several million undocumented immigrants. If the activists are right, the sweeping move would upend...

Obama Not Overstepping on Immigration: Opinion

From the conservative Washington Examiner : "Conservatives are outraged that President Obama is threatening to use his executive authority to shelter undocumented foreigners from deportation now that immigration reform seems dead this year. But whether they like it or not, existing immigration...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

Law Profs Write to Obama on Prosecutorial Discretion

"As immigration law teachers and scholars, we write to express our position on the scope of executive branch legal authority to issue an immigration directive to protect individuals or groups from deportation. We do not take a formal position on what steps the administration should take. Rather...

Artesia: 'Far Worse' Than Imagined

"Based on hundreds of interviews with these detained families that our expert lawyers have conducted, AILA has concluded that Artesia is a due process failure and a humanitarian disaster that cannot be fixed and must be closed immediately. Attorneys with long histories of representing clients at...

This is Real Law: Green Side Up: The Current State of Renewable Energy Mandates

By the Real Law Editorial Team With a hundred or so empty pop cans, you can comfortably heat a small building. Perforated and sealed end-to-end, those cans become a manifold inside a wood or metal frame with a clear panel sealed on the front. Solar energy is used to warm air that enters the unit...